A new method of observing and measuring interactions between students and teachers could have interesting impacts on academic achievement.

Research has shown that interactions between students and teaching during the school day are critical factors in students’ behavioral and academic outcomes.

Now, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Education have developed a new method for observing and measuring teacher interaction with every child in a classroom.

As a result of testing this method within K-3 classrooms, Wendy Reinke, an associate professor of educational, school and counseling psychology, found that students who receive more negative attention from teachers experience increases in problems with emotional regulation, concentration and disruptive behaviors. The researchers also found teachers gave African-American students, boys, and students who received free or reduced lunch more negative attention than other students.

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